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Are YOU an Insider Threat

As a security professional, I spend a lot of time talking to businesses about how they can create more safe and secure environments. Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about insider threats and what companies’ large and small need to do to keep themselves protected. But, this month, I am changing gears a bit. Instead…

Who Should Be on Your Insider Threat Risk Team?

Who Should Be on Your Insider Threat Risk Team? As a security professional, I have written a lot about the growing risk of insider threats—especially for small- to medium-sized companies who may not have the resources to dedicate one team member to this issue. Does your company fall into this category? Even if you don’t…

Why Protecting Against Insider Threats also Protects Against Workplace Violence

Why Protecting Against Insider Threats also Protects Against Workplace Violence   According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million employees are victims of workplace violence each year. An even more startling statistic is that between January 2009 and July 2015, there were 133 mass shootings in the workplace. No wonder violence…

Security Clearance Salaries on the Rise

Security Clearance Salaries on the Rise  According to a recent article from ClearanceJobs.com, those currently holding security clearances could see their salaries increase in 2017.  You ask Why?  Several factors are having an impact on security clearance salaries including:  OPM Breach—this caused some to leave the market creating a “backlog of background investigations.”  If you…

New Executive Order Updates Security Clearance Process

New Executive Order Updates Security Clearance Process As President Barack Obama prepared to leave office on January 20th, he signed an executive order that updates the structure and process for issuing security clearances. According to Federal News Radio, the order more clearly outlines the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) responsibilities in this process including: Open…

New Change to Psychological Health Question on the SF-86

In November, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued Revised Instructions for Completing Question 21, Standard Form 86, “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” ES 2013-00242 in hopes of making it clear that “mental health treatment is not a detriment to holding or maintaining a security clearance.” Section 21 of the SF-86 has long been…

Insider Threat Monitoring Rules for Federal Contractors

Insider Threat Monitoring Rules for Federal Contractors Reminder that your must certify to DSS that your company has appointment an Insider Threat Program by Today – November 30, 2016.  All Federal contractors holding facility clearances face new insider threat monitoring rules that will require them to gather, integrate, and report relevant and available information indicative of…

Insider Threat Program Development Training Course February 23 – 25, 2016 – Annapolis, MD

Security First & Associates in cooperation with NCMS Chesapeake Bay -Chapter 26 has coordinated to have the Insider Threat Program Development Training Course delivered to Defense Industry and Commercial Enterprise security professionals at a steeply discounted rate. The Insider Threat Program Development Training Course, is taught by Insider Threat Defense. The training will be hosted…

CNN: Reports Russian spies in New York

Russian spies used tickets and hats to try to hide New York activities, FBI says; http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/27/us/new-york-alleged-russian-spy/index.html

Security Clearance used by Airline Worker to smuggled Guns on Airplane

Atlanta (CNN) — The breakup of a gun smuggling ring allegedly involving a current and former Delta Air Lines employee has exposed what a New York prosecutor described as an “egregious breach of security” at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Tuesday that the investigation was “deeply troubling” — not only…